Daddy day care: Griffin's son pops in for post-game media
LOS ANGELES (AP) There's a new kid in the NBA playoffs postgame interview room, and he just might give Stephen Curry's daughter a run for her money.
It was well past his bedtime when the 2 1/2-year-old son of Blake Griffin tagged along for his dad's session with the media after the Clippers beat the Trail Blazers 115-95 in their playoff opener Sunday night.
Clutching a bottle of blue sports drink and candy in a noisy plastic wrapper, Ford Wilson Cameron-Griffin struggled to get seated on a swivel chair with wheels next to his dad. The tow-headed blond boy eventually settled in, calmly chewing gum and staring at the brightly lit room full of grown-ups with cameras, cellphones and laptops.
At times, Ford grinned, showing off a set of tiny teeth. A sideways glance from his dad erased his smile and the boy switched to a serious look. Ford sometimes whispered while Griffin was talking, although it was hard to make sense of what the child was saying.
Griffin stifled a smile when Ford rattled the candy wrapper, not quite sure which end to try to open.
Unlike Curry's daughter Riley, Ford didn't babble into the microphone or try to shush his daddy. Last June, then-2-year-old Riley became a postgame sensation during the Warriors' run to the NBA championship. Some sports writers on deadline found her distracting; others enjoyed her kiddie antics and Curry's affection toward her.
Griffin stood off to the side with Ford waiting while teammates Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan discussed the victory. Paul's son, Chris II, who turns 7 next month, was next to Ford and tapped him on the head. Little Chris yawned and rubbed his eyes while holding his iPad.
After Griffin finished, Ford grabbed his treats and trotted after his dad.
''You did good,'' Griffin told him in the hallway.
So did his dad, who had 19 points and 12 rebounds.
Ford's mother is Brynn Cameron, a former Southern California basketball player who also has a son named Cole with former USC and NFL quarterback Matt Leinart. She frequently brings the boys to Clippers games.